Date: December 6th, 2022
To: All League Members
From: Rebecca Gladstone, LWVOR President
Alice Bartelt, Action Committee Chair
Claudia Keith, Social Policy: Immigration & Refugee Portfolio
Call on Congress to Protect Dreamers
in Lame Duck Session
The League of Women Voters of Oregon strongly supports legislation that would permanently protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Individuals who benefit from DACA live in every state around the country and contribute to their communities. For decades, they have lived in fear of deportation while hearing promises of reform. People who are protected by DACA deserve to have peace of mind regarding where they call home.
House and Senate leadership have stated that protecting the Dreamers is a high priority for the remaining time of the 117th Congress.
A true democracy includes fair and equitable immigration policies with a path to citizenship. With just a few short working weeks left this year, please call on your members of Congress to take immediate action to protect the Dreamers for once and for all.
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Subject: Protect Dreamers
Dear [Recipient's Title and Name]:
As a member of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, I was pleased to hear from Senate and House leadership this week that protecting Dreamers is a high priority in the remaining time of the 117th Congress. I urgently request Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers from future attempts to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and give these individuals the desperately needed security to plan productive futures in the United States.
There should be no delay in taking action to protect the Dreamers. For far too long, these individuals who are part of the fabric of America have not been fully recognized. There should be no doubt that these individuals are worthy of protection from deportation and a path toward permanent status and citizenship. People who are protected by DACA, their families, and their communities deserve the peace of mind to build their lives and futures, which so many of us born in this country take for granted. I strong urge you to protect Dreamers in the remaining time of the 117th Congress.